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History at Home

Washington State Historical Society has gathered some fun and engaging learning activities and lessons for your family to use at home. Here you'll find:

  • coloring pages featuring Washington icons and suffrage leaders 
  • a free museum app that gives you a look at artifacts and exhibitions, as well as learning opportunities using our Activity Sheets and History Lessons To Go
  • social studies curriculum
  • suffrage curriculum
  • link to a creative competition celebrating the suffrage centennial
  • COLUMBIA Conversations podcast 

Learners of all ages will love our new WA State History Museum app for iPhone or Chrome and Explorer web browsers, putting history in the palm of your hand. Explore the History Museum through tours! See below for History Lessons To Go and Activity Sheets that you can print and use along with the app to learn even more.

Take a look below, and check back often to see what's new. Questions? Please contact MaryMikel.Stump@wshs.wa.gov.

 

Explore artifacts and exhibitions through online collections and our new museum app!

Explore the Historical Society's collections online. In the search field, enter a type of object (baskets, for example) or a subject (logging, for example) and see what comes up! 

Explore exhibitions at the History Museum using our new app, WA State History Museum. It's FREE to download from the app store for iPhones, and free to use the web app on Android smartphones or through your Chrome or Explorer web browsers. Check out our downloadable Activity Sheets here that work hand-in-hand with the app and History Lessons To Go for deeper learning.

Activity Sheets for Our App

Ready to have fun and do activities while virtually visiting the museum? Download and print the activity sheets (below) to begin exploring an exhibition through the WA State History Museum app from the comfort of home!
 

History Lessons To Go 

Do you want to learn more deeply and engage with new historical content? Try a "History Lesson To Go" as part of your distance learning! These lessons also connect with information on the WA State History Museum app.
 

Icons of Washington coloring book

What is an icon? What icons make you think of the people, places, and events in Washington? Download this coloring book to explore a few of the many icons people associate with Evergreen State. 

Color and share your favorite picture (or draw your own!) with us on Facebook or Instagram by tagging #icoloredthisWAicon and #WAhistory.

This coloring book, with drawings by artist Kevan Atteberry, was created in association with WSHS's 2010 exhibition Icons of Washington. We hope you enjoy it and learn a little about Washington along the way.
 

Washington Suffrage Leaders coloring sheets

Color and learn about several of the most prominent suffrage leaders from our home state! Click the link below to download a PDF to print at home or in your classroom.
 

Field Notes

Use these activity sheets that accompany fun videos teaching you how to practice history at home!

Suffrage Centennial curriculum

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. What did the 19th Amendment do? It gave most women in our country the right to vote. Many women (and some men, too!) gave their all to gain equal access to the ballot box! Collaboration and persistence were the keys to accomplishing this important step in equal rights. 
 
The fight for women's suffrage in Washington is a unique story that explores themes of voting rights and social movements for change. Download curriculum to explore more. You can even download printable exhibitions at this page! 
 
Learn more about Washington's celebration of the women's suffrage centennial at suffrage100wa.com. Find out about centennial celebration events here.

Legacy Washington is sponsoring an art, writing and podcast contest for 6-12th grade students in Washington State.

The contest runs to May 31, 2020. The contest is open to Washington State students in grades 6-12. Writers, artists and podcast creators are encouraged to participate and explore the question of women who they believe are ahead of the curve in their community and why. This exploration and analysis can be unveiled in multiple creative formats including writings, 2-dimensional art or a podcast.
 
A panel of judges will choose and announce a winner from each category in June of 2020 (for grades 6-8 and grades 9-12). Winners will be invited to a ceremony in the Secretary of State’s Office where they will be presented with a special certificate and a gift card. Winning pieces will also be posted on the Secretary of State’s website, featured in SOS publications and appear alongside the Ahead of the Curve exhibit. 
 
Find out more here! 

Find additional Social Studies curriculum here.

 

Make a learning activity of contributing to the Washington State Historical Society's collections.

Contribute your COVID-19 story to our collections. Help WSHS document this extraordinary time by contributing related digital content, ephemera or objects. Click here for more information about how to do that, and thank you!

Get fascinating stories of Pacific Northwest history with our COLUMBIA magazine and podcast.

Find amazing articles about the rich history of the Pacific Northwest in the archives of our award-winning popular history magazine, COLUMBIA.

Listen to the Columbia Conversations podcast, hosted by Feliks Banel, and featuring interviews with historians from around Washington and the Old Oregon Territory, plus historic sound files.